with a number of recycling companies, Superior Floors
has established a collection procedure to bring post-consumer
carpets and pad to various centers for recycling.
Recycling is an important part of our waste removal
process. By recycling, we can all help save natural
resources, reduce amounts of chemicals absorbed into
the earth, conserve energy and save landfill space.
These efforts create a peace of mind for
our customers with their green initiatives.
with newspaper/paper products, magazines, glass, aluminum
cans, steel food cans, No.1 and No.2 plastic bottles/containers,
carpet and pad can be recycled!
a valued customer of Superior Floors, you will receive
this service which will help our nation with the overall
recycling effort. With each installation, we pledge
that all carpet and pad products removed will be hauled
to our location. The products will then be sorted,
separated, and then distributed to various recycling
plants for processing.
does this impact you?
Floors is very committed to doing our part of cleaning
up the environment. We will ensure our customers that
their carpet and pad waste will be handled safely
and in compliance with all federal environmental regulations.
have partnered with each of our manufacturers
Mohawk, Shaw, Flexible Foam, etc. - to recycle
their products. Each manufacturer has a recycling
program in place and actively collecting old materials
to renew again into other materials. A diagram of
Shaws Green Edge Initiative below:
Recycling reduces toxic air emissions.
Using recycled materials helps avoid air pollution
typically caused by manufacturing plants that
rely solely on unprocessed, virgin raw materials.
Mining for virgin ores involves cutting open vast
tracks of land, constructing huge mechanical land
movers to churn up the earth, contaminating the
air, nearby rivers, lakes, and streams. Some of
these pollutants are known to be carcinogenic
or toxic to humans.1
Carbon emissions are 40 times lower when recycled
beverage containers are used to make new aluminum
as compared to the use of virgin ore. Our aluminum
beverage cans contain an average of 55 percent
Carbon emissions from making steel, copper, glass,
and paper from recycled materials are 4 to 5 times
lower than making these products from virgin materials.
In 1996, recycling these materials reduced carbon
emissions by 33 million tons.2
When organic wasters, such as leaves, grass clipping,
and paper from recycled materials, we reduce the
generation of methane gas in landfills. Second
only to fossil-fuel combustion, landfills are
a leading source of greenhouse gases.2
Recycling reduces energy consumption.
Products made from the 57 million tons of recycled
materials in 1996 saved energy to supply 4 million
households with enough energy for a year. More
than 408 TRILLION Btus were saved that year alone.
Recycling aluminum cans saves 95% of the energy
required to make the same amount of aluminum from
virgin ores, and 42 percent of all aluminum production
contains recovered aluminum. 3
Recycling three different grades of plastic shows
a new energy savings in the range of 70-90% over
manufacturing similar products from virgin oil.
Most energy used for the manufacturing of consumer
products involves burning of coal, oil, or other
fossil fuels, either directly by the manufacturer
or through the purchase of electricity generated
by fossil fuel burning utilities. 1
Recycling paper results in energy savings in every
" Tissue paper - 54% energy savings
" Newsprint - 34% energy savings
" Printing/writing paper - 33% energy savings
" Corrugated cardboard - 24% energy savings
FACT: Recycling results in more products with less
In 1996, the use of 57 million tons of recycled
materials for manufacturing products reduced carbon
emissions equivalent to removing 25 million cars
from the road. The materials expected to be recycled
in 2005 will reduce carbon emissions equivalent
to removing 36 million cars from the roads. 2
When the paper industry produces recycled-content
paper, more trees are left standing to absorb
carbon and generate oxygen. Though the federal
government only buys 2 percent of all the copier
paper sold in the United States, the impact of
Executive Order 12101, directing all federal agencies
to purchase 30% recycled-content copier paper
only, will result in 450,000 to 500,000 fewer
trees cut down for paper production, 16,000 tons
of carbon absorbed annually by the trees that
remain standing, 14 percent reduction in energy
use, 13 percent reduction in the amount of solid
waste, and 13 percent reduction in water pollutants.
Today, 67 percent of the steel produced in the
United States is made from recovered steel. Electric
arc furnaces recycle iron and steel scraps using
only a fraction of the energy required in traditional
steel mills, and the recycled metals reduces the
impact of mining operations. 3
Our aluminum beverage cans contain an average
of 55 percent recycled content. The industry buys
more than $1 billion in recovered aluminum cans
at prices that continue to make aluminum recycling
an obvious economic success for community recycling
Recycling plastic containers into resin-pellets
or new products involves mostly mechanical processes
like shredding and heating and used very few process
chemicals, none of which are hazardous. 1
More people recycle household waste than vote
with permission from Keep Texas Beautiful.
Source: National Resource Defense Council "Too
Good to Throw Away, Recycling's Proven Record",
2 Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office
of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, "Background
Press Information. Municipal Solid Waste Reduction:
Is It Worth It?"
3 Source: Office of the Federal Environment Executive,
White House Task Force on Recycling, and the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency "Recycling
the Future: Consider the Benefits"
4 Source: Roberta Forsell Stauffer (National Appropriate
Technology Assistance Service), "Energy Savings
from Recycling," Resource Recycling Magazine,